Maker Thursday: Colourful, hand-printed fabrics inspired by global travel…

We bring you another maker/designer from across the Atlantic to love: Graymarket, the creation of Hallie Gray. Graymarket is the answer to all your linen (bedding, bath, and table) needs, made from beautiful fabrics designed by Hallie. The textiles feature colours and patterns that echo traditions from her travels all over the world.

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After completing degrees in International Relations and Textile Design, Hallie Gray found herself with a love for simple, scaled-back design and an immense respect for the textile traditions of artisans around the world she’d encountered on her travels. She became intrigued with the idea of combining these two elements to create fresh, modern textiles and accessories, and luckily she managed to find some workshops that were up for the collaboration.

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And thus was born Graymarket Design, through this network of many skilled, loving craftspeople.

Graymarket features individual pieces created through direct collaboration with the workshops – the textiles are designed in California (like your iDevice!), and the textiles are produced in small batches by the artisans. Block-printers, weavers and embroiderers… all traditional disciplines and all features in Graymarket textiles…

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“I have a deep respect and appreciation for traditional textile techniques, and feel very committed to helping create a market that can help support and preserve these practices,” Hallie says. “I also prefer the aesthetics of fabrics that have been hand printed or woven- I find a lot beauty in imperfections and irregularities, which are inherent in any textile made with human hands.”

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When she’s not designing and making, Hallie spends her time outside as much as possible. “I love being outside, and recharge by hiking, rock climbing and doing yoga,” she says. Her environment is pretty energising. Up in West Berkeley, CA, she is surrounded by factories and warehouses, intermingled with small wineries, studios and an active railroad.

“I find it a really authentic and inspiring environment where it’s easy to be productive and creative. I started Graymarket Design about a year ago, and it’s been an exhilarating (and humbling) journey so far!”

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“Getting the chance to work with and learn from different artisans and create a space where different textile traditions come together has been really amazing,” Hallie shares.

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Look at those colours! I am adoring the mix of print and pattern, as well as the wide range of tones. Something for every season, and every occasion. Want some of those herringbone patterned, pink napkins above…

For more of Hallie’s creative work, visit http://www.graymarketdesigns.com.

Images: Kara Brodgesell

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Great.ly Goodness – Blue & Gold inspiration

Hello there from the Lakes! It’s been such a lovely weekend of larking – what have you been up to?

We’ve been wanting to bring you some of our favourite finds on Great.ly, which is a new style of Not of the High StreetEtsy, Folksy, etc., with a twist: the boutiques on the platform are run by famous bloggers, who stock their stores with their favourite finds from Great.ly’s handmade vendors! Quite clever really.

We picked some of our favourite finds, for those post-summer entertaining thank you presents… Enjoy!

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Clockwise from top-left:

HELLO LOVELY CHALKBOARD CARD

NAVY LINEN PILLOW COVER WITH LACE AND SEQUIN TRIM

PERSONALISED GOLD FOIL HEART PRINT

ASK FOR THE MOON BANNER

LINEN TEA TOWEL MUSTARD GOLD BRUSH STROKES

SWISS DOT PATTERNED GOLD FOIL PENCILS

LET LOVE LEAD

 

Images: Great.ly and her makers